How do you design an outrigger canoe?


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To build an outrigger canoe, cut two sheets of 4-foot by 8-foot marine plyboard according to the desired pattern. Stitch the pieces of plywood together with copper wire, or cut beads on one side of the canoe and coves on the opposite side. Fit the beads into the coves after applying glue, and clamp the boards together in a canoe form. Sand the hull to smooth it, and cover the hull with fiberglass cloth and epoxy.

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Alternately, build the canoe using premade strips that feature beads or coves on each piece. When fitting beads and coves together, use specialized glue, staples or nails to temporarily secure the wooden strips. Attach wooden strips horizontally along the inside of the canoe body to secure the long strips together.

To install the fiberglass cloth, use a piece of hard foam to apply the epoxy, ensuring to remove air bubbles and wrinkles in the cloth before the epoxy dries. After the epoxy dries, sand the canoe again, and apply paint or varnish to the canoe.

Use the type of fiberglass cloth recommended in the kit instructions when building the canoe with premade materials. Attach the outrigger and boom to the canoe after the canoe is complete, and finish the outrigger and boom with fiberglass cloth, epoxy and paint or varnish.

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